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In Photos: F-35 Fighter Jet Makes 1st Vertical Night Landing

First F-35B Night Landing at Sea

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

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An F-35 test aircraft lands aboard the USS Wasp for the first night vertical landing at sea for the F-35B variant on Aug. 14, 2013. Expanding the envelope for F-35B night operations at sea is a key objective for the second Developmental Test for the Marines’ F-35 variant.

F-35B on Deck

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

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Two F-35B test aircraft, known as BF-1 and BF-5, on deck of the USS Wasp on Aug. 14, 2013. Both aircraft have new tail markings to represent the Integrated Test Force’s patch for F-35B Developmental Test Phase Two.

F-35B on Deck

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

Crew aboard the USS Wasp prepare for F-35B night operations on Aug. 14, 2013.

F-35B on Deck

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

Crew aboard the USS Wasp prepare for F-35B night operations on Aug. 14, 2013.

First F-35B Night Landing at Sea

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

An F-35 test aircraft lands aboard the USS Wasp for the first night vertical landing at sea for the F-35B variant on Aug. 14, 2013. Expanding the envelope for F-35B night operations at sea is a key objective for the second Developmental Test for the Marines’ F-35 variant.

F-35B Night Short Takeoff at Sea

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

An F-35B test aircraft is cleared for takeoff from the deck of the USS Wasp on Aug. 14, 2013. Expanding the envelope for F-35B night operations at sea is a key objective for the second Developmental Test for the Marines’ F-35 variant.

F-35B Vertical Landing at Sea

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

F-35B test aircraft BF-5 lands aboard the USS Wasp for the first time on Aug. 12, 2013. The landing marked the beginning of Developmental Test Phase Two for the F-35’s short takeoff/vertical landing variant.

F-35B Vertical Landing at Sea

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

F-35B test aircraft BF-1 lands aboard the USS Wasp for the first time on Aug. 12, 2013. The landing marked the beginning of Developmental Test Phase Two for the F-35’s short takeoff/vertical landing variant.

F-35B Operations on the USS Wasp

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

Two F-35B test aircraft operate aboard the USS Wasp during F-35B Developmental Test Phase Two on Aug. 12, 2013.

F-35B Short Takeoff at Sea

f-35b vertical night landing at sea

(Image credit: Lockheed Martin.)

An F-35B test aircraft executes a short takeoff from the deck of the USS Wasp during F-35B Developmental Test Phase Two on Aug. 12, 2013.